From the Collections of Harvard College Library, Events and Exhibitions 2009-2010
September 19, 2013 - December 16, 2013
Tracy Spadafora’s DNA Series
Exhibition of one of Massachusetts’ best known encaustic artists includes her new work, DNA Series, inspired by the visual and symbolic associations of DNA sequencing.
Sponsored by the Cabot Science Library.
One Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
The public and campus community is invited to an artist reception from 4:00-5:30 p.m. on November 21 at the Science Center’s Cabot Science Library.
October 10, 2013 - February 28, 2014
Not So True North: Early Mapping of the Arctic
Map-makers have been depicting the high arctic since the late 15th century. The cartographic image of the far north began before anyone had actually travelled to the polar regions, so the earliest maps reflect theory and fantasy rather than actual observation. But mapping of the far north evolved rapidly in the Age of Exploration, thanks in particular to the reports brought back by expeditions seeking a Northwest or Northeast Passage to the riches of the Indies. For over two centuries further arctic exploration and the expanding geographic range of whaling continued to alter our concepts of the polar regions. This exhibit traces the history of how the arctic was imagined, perceived, and portrayed in maps.
September 10 - December 13, 2013
Building on Strengths, Broadening Horizons:
Recent Additions to the Collections of Houghton Library, II
Over the last five years curators at Houghton Library have continued to acquire material in support of the teaching and scholarship which are at the core of the Library ’s mission; they have very broad and deep collections on which to build. Items in this exhibition ranges from an 8th-century fragment of Theodore of Mopsuestia’s commentary of the Pauline epistles to a placard from the August 1963 March on Washington whose 50th anniversary was commemorated last month; from an early 15th-century woodcut still mounted inside its original leather box to playing cards which reflect the phenomenal box office success of Gilbert and Sullivan’s fourth comic opera, H.M.S. Pinafore, which opened in 1878; from the manuscript of Gilbert White’s sermons written between 1747 and 1753 and a record of the dates each was delivered to John Updike’s typescript with autograph revisions for his review of Norman Mailer’s The Armies of the Night (1968). As Houghton Library approaches its 75th anniversary in 2017 its collections continue to flourish under careful stewardship which builds on past strengths and broadens future horizons.
May 28, 2013 – May 14, 2014
2013 Philip Hofer Prize for Collecting Books or Art
The Philip Hofer prize is awarded each year to a student at Harvard whose collection of books or works of art best exemplifies the traditions of breadth, coherence, and imagination represented by Philip Hofer, A.B. '21, L.H.D. '67, founder and first Curator of the Department of Printing and Graphic Arts in the Houghton Library and Secretary of the Fogg Art Museum. The prize, which is to encourage student interest in collecting, was established in 1987 by Melvin R. Seiden, A.B. '52, L.L.B. '55. Students competing for the prize submit an annotated list or bibliography and an essay describing the scope, contents, and goal of the collection. On exhibition are samples of this year’s first prize winning collection, Between West Germany and the World: Design at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
May 28, 2013 – May 14, 2014
2013 Undergraduate Book Collecting Prize
Established in 1977, the Visiting Committee Prize for Undergraduate Book Collecting recognizes and encourages book collecting by undergraduates at Harvard. Students competing for the annual prize submit an annotated bibliography and an essay on their collecting efforts, the influence of mentors, the experience of searching for, organizing and caring for items, and the future direction of the collection. On display are samplings of the collections of this year’s prize-winning entries, along with personal commentary.
February 1, 2013 - January 2014
Charting the River of Doubt:
The Roosevelt-Rondon South American Expedition, 1913-1914
In the winter of 1913-1914, following a lecture tour through South America, former president Theodore Roosevelt and a group of American and Brazilian naturalists, explorers, and hardy rivermen, set off into the jungle to survey the River of Doubt, a tributary of the Amazon discovered only a few years earlier. Fraught with danger, from malaria-carrying mosquitos to carnivorous piranhas to raging rapids to dysentery and starvation, the expedition nearly cost Roosevelt his life. This exhibition features photographs taken by members of the expedition, recorded for Roosevelt’s countrymen for whom the Amazon was still uncharted and unknown.
December 19, 2012 - December 13, 2013
Annual International Photo Contest
Photos taken by Harvard students who have studied, worked, interned, or done research abroad during the past year are on exhibit. For more information on the contest, see the contest and exhibition page.
Level B, first and third floor display cases,
Lamont Library (Hours)
For details contact Lynn Sayers at 617-495-2455
Please check back for future lecture postings.
Exhibition includes Gerard Mercator's terrestrial (1541) and celestial (1551) globes that reflect new discoveries in world geography and cosmography as well as new techniques in charting, printing, and globe making. Only 22 matched pairs survive, Harvard's being the only matched pair in America.
- Boston's Crusade Against Slavery
- A History of Medieval Christian Preaching as Seen in the Manuscripts of Houghton Library
- Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, 1909-1929: Twenty Years That Changed the World of Art
- "I Shall Ever Be Your Dearest Love": John Keats and Fanny Brawne
- "Let Satire Be My Song": Byron’s English Bards, and Scotch Reviewers
- The Adventures of Thackeray In His Way Through the World: His Fortunes and Misfortunes, His Friends and His Family
- Going for Baroque: The Iconography of the Ornamental Map
- Life is in the Transitions: William James, 1842-1910
- Books in Books: Reflections on Reading and Writing in the Middle Ages
- Harvard's Lincoln
- A Monument More Durable Than Brass: The Donald & Mary Hyde Collection of Dr. Samuel Johnson
- History of the Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Collection
- Public Poet, Private Man: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow at 200